Analysis

Five Stories Sabotaged by Their Tone

Spock stands facing Michael, who is strapped in a chair

Most storytellers know they shouldn’t add slapstick to a tragic death scene or stuff explicit violence in a romantic comedy. That’s why I have only one article with tone guidelines. But recently I’ve noticed a spate of popular stories hindered by a bad tone choices. … read more »

Five More Underpowered Antagonists

A bird of prey exploding, from footage used in both Undiscovered Country and Generations.

Antagonists need to be threatening so they can provide tension. If the story doesn’t have tension, then the conflict isn’t interesting, and the audience will get bored in a hurry. Storytellers have many tools at their disposal to make bad guys more threatening, but there … read more »

209 – Shared Universes

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Sometimes a protagonist doesn’t get the whole universe all to themself. They have to share, and that’s what we’re talking about today. What exactly is a shared universe? Why would you use one? Are there any we should care about besides Marvel? We answer all … read more »

Six Reasons the Fire Nation Is Such a Good Villain

Toph, Suki, and Sokka in a Fire Nation airship.

While individual villains will always be important, villainous organizations really propel a story to the next level. They allow for conflict on a vast scale, not to mention giving the antagonist a pocketful of minions to throw at the hero. Storytellers can also use villainous organizations … read more »

Five Surprisingly Successful Characters and Why They Work

Boba Fett from Star Wars

At Mythcreants we’ve previous discussed characters who were too unlikable, too isolated, or just disappointing. Some had too much candy or too much spinach, terrible motivations, or too much candy again. But believe it or not, we occasionally run into characters that impress us. Let’s go over some characters that were … read more »

200 – Horses in Fiction

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Everyone knows that the chosen one must have a chosen horse, a beast so noble and strong of will that no other warrior can ride it. Or maybe not? It turns out that horses are complicated animals, and they don’t always go along with human … read more »

Seven More Characters With Too Much Candy

Captain Jack with a big gun.

Candy and spinach are important concepts because they describe two critical elements of character likability. Candy is anything that glorifies a character. This includes cool powers, defeating a major bad guy, being right in an argument, and anything else that makes them look cool to the … read more »